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In partnership with Lionhearts and Rotary in Kingston, The Food Sharing Project is helping to support families of students who are struggling by providing weekend food support with a bi-weekly food box. Students already have access to healthy snacks and meals at school thanks to food provided by The Food Sharing Project and organized by a school coordinator. But some students’ families find it difficult to provide healthy food on the weekend at home, especially with the rapidly rising costs of food, plus paying for rent, utilities and gas in the car to get to work.
Volunteers from all three organizations will pack food boxes and deliver them directly to the homes of families who are referred to the program by their school contact. Food boxes will include fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, bread, cheese and other food, intended to offer breakfast and lunch support for the weekends.
The Food Sharing Project would like to acknowledge funding of $45,000 from the Province of Ontario that is being used to purchase food for the new weekend food support program.
In a recent survey, school nutrition program coordinators have told The Food Sharing Project that in many cases, they are scrambling to fit in their healthy snack or meal programs amidst their full-time teaching and support responsibilities. In an effort to help reduce workloads on these coordinators, The Food Sharing Project will be testing pre-made sandwiches in a limited number of schools for the remaining months of the school year.
Wraps and sandwiches will be prepared by Great Lakes Kitchen, an enterprise of the non-profit VOCEC program that provides meaningful employment to adults living with mental illness. Sandwiches will be made from fresh ingredients that meet Provincial nutritional criteria for in-school nutrition programs, and delivered daily to The Food Sharing Project warehouse to be included in deliveries each day.
The Food Sharing Project is seeking additional funding for the pilot phase of this initiative. Schools participating will be providing feedback on taste, freshness, preferences, and logistics – we want to know if students like the food, and if it does indeed save time for nutrition program coordinators.
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Wow, look at this food. They really care about us.
Honestly, having the grab and go station in the school just helps me make it to class.
I don’t know why, but math is easier after I have something to eat.
I saw the student putting a few extra cartons of milk in his backpack, so I gently asked why, and he said he was taking it for his siblings because, "school is the only place we can get fresh milk."
“Just a note to say thank you and your helpers for all you have done for myself and my family. You don’t have to do anymore I think we will be okay for now.”